Hile and his family live in northern Albania and he is in his mid-40s, and married with three young children, ages 13, 10 and 8 years old, who are going to school.
For the past 18 years, Hile, a talented welder, has been sustaining his welding business that has brought a decent income to him and his family. He has established a wide and steady clientele throughout the region.
Hile is requesting a loan of 150,000 ALL (Albanian Lek) from VisionFund Albania to purchase different electrodes, a welding mask and other tools that will help him do more work and perform faster, without putting himself at risk for injuries.
About VisionFund Albania
VisionFund Albania is a micro-finance subsidiary of child hunger nonprofit World Vision International. Striving to improve child welfare, the organization offers a variety of loan products designed for rural, traditionally underserved clients and their families. These products include agriculture, business and household improvement loans, as well as "integration loans" targeted to help the poorest, most vulnerable Albanian households acquire value chain resources.
While VFA is focused on the empowerment of the poor overall, it pays special attention to women. About 60% of loans to entrepreneurs on Kiva go to women.